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Modular Mac Pro: Apple already wanted to market it in 1984

Apple

Posted: February 25, 2019
Updated: February 24, 2019

by Steve

Recently, some rumors point to the existence of a Mac Pro modular: World is Small had made an article a few days ago. This Mac Pro would allow the stacking of several modules with different characteristics (additional internal storage, additional RAM, ports, etc.) in order to improve its basic hardware.

If, for the moment, nothing and nobody has had confirmation from the apple brand, a similar project had already been mentioned in the 1980s. At the time, the project was called “Jonathan “, And was to come out between 1984 and 1985, with a view to succeeding theApple ii, a successful computer from the Cupertino company.

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In September 1984 therefore, Jonathan Fitch, engineer from the Apple II division, had imagined a system on which one could connect several modules in order to increase the technical capacities of the computer. The modules mentioned would connect to each other via a horizontal base. The base would have contained the connection ports and the general power supply.

So, rather than “hiding” the power of a computer, the visible modules would have made it possible to identify how “strong” his Mac Pro was. Today, the resurgence of such a project gives grain to those who hope for a modular Mac Pro. We can always hope that certain characteristics mentioned at the time reappear in future Apple projects…

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Various modules.